Shopping

Recently, I attended the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina.  This is the showcase of everything new and exciting in the furniture and design business.  Designers, buyers, retailers, and manufacturers all descend on this small town twice each year to see what everyone else is doing.  For me, this is usually a

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     On our first day in Venice, we visited the studio of Angela R. Greco on the Ponte Delle Ostreghe, near San Marco.  Angela and her sister have been in this same location for years, and make the most beautiful Venetian style lamp shades I have found anywhere on the planet.  Each shade is made

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Antique shopping is always a part of our travel, and Venice is no exception.  You never know where you might end up, but if you are truly interested in the products a merchant has, and you are polite, doors might open.  Today we were casually walking toward Campo San Maurizio in San Marco and happened

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A favorite stop in Venice is the studio of Bruno Vianello on Calle De Pistor in Castello.  Bruno is a painting restoration specialist whose work appears in the Accademia, the Hotel Danielli, and in many private Venetian collections.  Currently, he is working on a group of Biblical paintings from the 16th century in which he

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  Up until this week, when I thought of Mexico, the beautiful white sand beaches of Cancun came to mind.  Say what you want about the Mayan Riviera; the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world…..even if they are man made.  It never dawned on me that Mexico was really a foreign country.  My

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Besame Mucho on Petronia Street Ten years ago when we started to vacation in Key West, we never suspected it would become a favorite spot.  It has, and as we have come here more for both pleasure and work, we have discovered many secrets of the island.  One is that there is really great shopping. 

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  We found ourselves in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend for a friend’s 40th birthday party.  A trip out of Knoxville would not be complete without some antique shopping on the way.  As you will soon determine, antique shopping to us means lots of things….exploring the town and any interesting shops, good food, and of course,

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We start shopping for our Christmas season in January.  Yes, it is hard to beleive, but it takes us a full year to prepare for a selling season that is a short two months.  At the January gift market in Atlanta, we hit the halls running, searching for new and exciting products to bring you. 

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We have just returned from the International Gift Market in Atlanta.  The market is housed in three enormous buildings in downtown Atlanta., each between 10 and 20 stories tall.  Each occupying more than a city block.  It takes us four non-stop days to cover what we need to see, and we still can’t get everything

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One of our favorite places to treasure hunt is the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta.  Scott’s is a monthly show featuring antique dealers from all across the country as well as Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  You can spend $10 on something fun, or $10,000 on something serious.  And there is everything in between.  Prices vary

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